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Blog reader, Cassandra has sent me some photos of a pair of bikes rescued from the trash. She writes:

“Hey, just wanted to say your blog is great! My husband and I have just recently gotten into biking, and are really enjoying it. We just pulled a his and hers matching set from the trash. They are supercycle from Canadian tire, but I’m not sure on the year. The gear shifts are on the neck of the handle bars, maybe that will help? They are really cool bikes, I can email you pictures if you are interested in seeing them; I think they are a good find, but I don’t know much about vintage bicycles.”

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Good job saving these from land fill.

It’s hard to tell from the photos but I think they’re Raleigh built bikes.

My only clue  is the pedal style which Raleigh used in the early 70’s.

I have the same ones on a 1972 Raleigh Superbe. This style was a cost cutting measure as they don’t have bearings.

Supercycle, the house brand of Canadian Tire bought bikes from several suppliers over the years that they re-branded. CCM, Raleigh and Bridgestone  all supplied bikes.

Also, look for a “Made in Canada” sticker at the bottom of the seat tube and look at the rear derailleur.

A closer look at the head badge reveals “Made in Canada”,

which probably means assembled in Canada.

This site, Disraeli Gears is a good resource to date your bike.

Anyone else care to weigh in these?

I wouldn’t spend too much $$ on these, but new tires and brake pads wouldn’t be too much and you can try polishing the chrome with some tin foil and water (this really works!).

Good luck and send me some “after” photos.

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7 responses

  1. Steve T

    The chrome tip on the front fender is Raleigh, CCM front fenders had three half diamond
    crimps. The pedals are raliegh. The shift levers on the stem and lack of chrome buttons on the fork crown makes me think it is a Raleigh Sprite rebadged for Canadian Tire. The nice part about it is Canadian Tire still stocks the tires, tubes, cables and break shoes

    August 5, 2016 at 11:33 am

  2. Denis. B

    Well, what ever the brand , a bicycle is a bicycle i had an old supercycle ant given to a friend and h likes his bike .. Cassandra , just need to cleanup the bike and ride them . 🙂

    August 5, 2016 at 4:00 pm

  3. Grover Behrens

    I have always used a commercial chrome cleaner like Turtle wax or Simonize (white liquid) applied with an old tooth brush. This will get into all the little nooks and crannies that you can’t reach with tin foil. If you are new to old English bikes, you will be AMAZED how well the chrome will polish up. That’s why they call them Quality machines!

    August 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm

  4. Bazil Smith

    If they are Raleigh built, the rear dropouts will have fender bolt holes on the very back of the dropouts. Most likely made in Quebec by the Canafdian Raleigh branch, I’ve found the Canadian made Raleighs and Gliders and Supercycles to be just a good as the Nottingham built versions. The Canadian built Raleigh serial numbers start with AN “R”, I believe. They would be the same on a supercycle.

    August 7, 2016 at 5:32 pm

  5. Bazil Smith

    I’ve never seen Canadian built Raleighs with the lower white rear fender paint. Interesting!

    August 7, 2016 at 5:36 pm

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